ZVYC News 12 February 2015

Dear Sailors and Friends,

The Commodore’s Champagne Pursuit Race was a great enjoyable event sailed in very tricky conditions, there was a strong North-Wester and a shallow Vlei level which made sailing difficult. The event was won by Ian Ainslie, a previous club member and visitor from Holland where he coaches the Dutch Olympic Team. The event was so popular we are going to repeat it again next Sunday the 22nd February. And there is a bottle of Sparkling Grape Juice for the Junior Winner which did not take place last Sunday. The Champagne Breakfast was a hit, so do join us. The race will start at 11 am to enable you to enjoy a leisurely breakfast!

This Weekend

ALFRED ROWING CLUB TALK evening and supper set for Friday 13th February.
Liz Day, a Club member, is set to give us a fascinating talk on the Vlei – origins, history, water quality, algal blooms, the effects of a stray Zeekoe on the nerves of rowers, etc – starting at 18h30.
At a cost of R50 per person I reckon that is fantastic value!  I hope we will be able to meet some of our sailing colleagues to boot – as  it applies to them as much as us!  Rochelle is providing dinner for another R50 per person, and the bar will be open from 5.30pm.  A good evening is guaranteed!
We already have 35 bookings, so if you are intending to come for dinner, please contact Nigel ASAP at bhunkelerbrown@gmail.com to RSVP

SUNSAIL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS  14th/15th Feb (yes, St Valentine’s Day)
All the social activities are planned for Saturday after the racing; live music and the Sunsail Overseas charter draw.
First race on Saturday not before 14h00 and on Sunday 10h30.(No race to start after14h00 Sun)
Volunteers are needed for rescue and bridge. Come guys, it is only 2 days per season, we do need help!!
Max 8 races 7 to count, discard after 6 races
Final results of Spring Series (sailed last year) is scored as a race
Fleets with more than 6 starters separate results
Club marks
Open Regatta to all sailors
Non members R50.00 entry fee and unfortunately cannot be in Sunsail draw or win our Championship trophies
Down stairs Bar
Rochelle catering from 12h00 noon Saturday through to 16h00 Sunday
Saturday – great suppers are available
Live music (Marelyn Mason) from 16h00 Sat.
Stormers rugby at 19h00 Sat
Sunsail draw 5 names on Sat and on Sun another 5, 10 into final draw at Prizegiving
Sunsail presentation after sailing on Sunday & Prize giving

Junior Training continues at the Club this Sunday from 10h00 with training provided for beginner adults, Laser 4.7, Dabchicks, Optimists and Opi B fleeters

For Your Diary

Ramsar Celebration

The ZVYC will be hosting a community get together on Friday, 20th February, in the upstairs bar to celebrate our Ramsar Status. We will be starting at 18h30 with bar open and Rochelle’s Kitchen to serve up Wraps for dinner. R10 entrance per person. We will have a welcome from our Commodore Mark Thompson, as well as a local Nature Conservation guest speaker and the Friends of Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei. All welcome.
Other News

Pin & Bax (P&B) South Africa
We are pleased to announce that Craig Latigan will be running a sail shop every weekend on Sunday’s at the club for the rest of this season. We are sure it will prove popular and would certainly like him back for next season.
From the P&B SA website: Sailmakers, Chandlery, Sailing Clothing, Boats, Repairs and much more! We have clothing by Henri Lloyd, Gill, Gul, Musto, Zhik and Slam and hardware by Harken, Allen, Selden, Sea Sure and Ronstan to name a few!

Zeekoevlei/South Africa 470 Olympic Campaign
New Interview: Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson
This is a great interview that has been published at: http://www.470.org/default/news/new/text/catching-up-with-south-africa%27s-asenathi-jim-and-roger-hudson and on the social media channels. As always, congratulations to you both for your continued successes.
Would be great to publish some updates on your training camp at the end of February, so if you could send me any news updates/photos that would be appreciated.
Luissa Smith
Class Manager, International 470 Class Association

Zeekoe Vlei Year End
We are rapidly approaching our year end and can we implore all our members to settle their balances still outstanding to the Club. If you need a statement, please contact the office urgently. The AGM is scheduled for the 14th May 2015.

Boat Park
We have suddenly acquired 6 new road trailers in our boat parking. We don’t know who these trailers belong to, if they are still here on Monday we will contact Grassy Park Tow-Aways to have them removed. If your trailer had a name on it, we would be able to make arrangements.

See you all down at the Club this weekend!

Best wishes,
on behalf of ZVYC,
Anna, Kathryn & Ron